Christmas is coming! The most awaited holiday season in the world. It’s a magical time of year and every European destination is dressed with its finest decorations, with all kinds of peculiar customs and shining lights adorning their old, snowy streets. The fairy-tale cities of Europe put on their festive faces and welcome visitors into a magical winter wonderland. If you are ready for a great Christmas escape, try one of these cities in Europe.
Prague, The Czech Republic
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most historical cities of Europe. A city of stunning Gothic architecture and quirky folkloric traditions, Prague during Christmas is unlike any other, a truly dramatic backdrop for savoring scented mulled wine, taking leisurely walks, or getting lost in the Christmas shopping frenzy. Even the city’s renowned Christmas markets bring a touch of local traditions, with giant hams spit-roasting in the town square, choirs singing carols by candlelight. Wenceslas Square, Bethlehem Chapel, Old Town Square are good indicators of how festive a Prague Christmas is.
London is one of the most popular Christmas destinations in Europe and has no shortage of festive traditions to keep visitors entertained over the holidays. London will be decorated like a newlywed bride, which will have beautiful Christmas lights, carol concerts, festival lights as well as special markets for the Christmas shopping. Skaters glide across ice rinks on the spot-lighted grounds of the London Eye, the Natural History Museum and the Tower of London. Vibrant Christmas markets stretching along the Thames River and Hyde Park, magical Santa’s grottos, and ice rinks popping up below the city’s landmark buildings. London is the perfect destination to celebrate Christmas.
One of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Vienna is widely known for its magnificent Christmas markets, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. It’s hard to find a city that celebrates Christmas with such grace and elegance like Vienna. Austria’s handcrafted Christmas decorations are just one of the reasons to visit its celebrated Christmas markets. The café culture, and the old-world charm of the streets, Its imperial architecture – basked in twinkling lights give the city a magical appeal. So, why to miss the opportunity to visit this beautiful city in Christmas?
The French capital dazzles at Christmas. Spend Christmas in the world’s most romantic city, Paris, where the city lives up to its nickname, the City of Light, with a glittering display of Christmas lights. Go ice skating or shop for gifts beneath the iconic Eiffel Tower. Visit one of the many Christmas-themed markets, or take a ride on the giant Ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde. Enjoy a moving midnight mass with organ and choral music in Notre Dame Cathedral. Paris becomes the popular tourist destination during the Christmas season. Tourists will find the best deals in markets, hotels, restaurants and the shopping malls.
Zurich is the most beautiful city in Switzerland and the most popular city for Christmas in Europe. Switzerland’s largest city transforms into an enchanting winter wonderland filled with Christmas markets, lights and music. Check out Zurich’s five Christmas markets, where you can pick up boxes of freshly made Nidelzältli toffees to munch on beneath the famous Singing Christmas Tree on Werdmühleplatz. Thousands of light bulbs suddenly illuminate one of the world’s most famous shopping streets to loud cheers from the excited crowds, and the winter’s first snow starts falling. In the Old Town, artists and traders from around the world sell their goods at the most traditional and oldest Christmas market in the city, on Hirschenplatz, Niederdorfstrasse and Rosenhof.